December 13, 2007. This testimony describes the special problems faced by New York localities with relatively weak tax bases compared to their needs. To a large extent, state fiscal policies have caused great pressure on property taxes in needy cities, counties and school districts, including decisions: to reduce revenue sharing; to decrease the share of local school budgets covered by state aid, to divide the non-federal share of Medicaid costs without considering ability to pay, and to allocate STAR benefits … (read more)
October 15, 2007. This report takes a fresh look at the property tax “crisis” and finds that: flawed evaluations have resulted in flawed solutions, taxpayers in poorer districts struggle the most, and voters in wealthy districts choose to pay for high quality schools while voters in poorer districts have a much higher rate of rejecting school budgets. Two oft-touted reforms have a negative impact on local control and school equity; circuit breaker reform in contrast can be well targeted to … (read more)
How to Reduce the Pressure on the Property Tax and Ease the Fiscal Burden on Struggling Local Governments
January 10, 2007. The four-part plan supported by FPI: implement a statewide solution to CFE; increase state’s share of Medicaid and base counties’ shares on ability to pay; restore commitment to revenue sharing; and eliminate the significant disparities in the STAR program. Prepared for the Center on Governmental Research conference on reforming property taxes in New York.… (read more)
June 8, 2001. An op ed by Moshe Adler and James Parrott, published in the New York Daily News.
With commercial rents skyrocketing, Mayor Giuliani and the City Council have decided to step in. Hold on to your wallet. Ostensibly to help commercial tenants, the mayor and the Council have decided to transfer $25 million a year from the pockets of taxpayers to the pockets of landlords.
Here is how it will work.
The city taxes commercial rents when … (read more)